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RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 216

Following the cancellation of UFC 215's main event between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg, the two will try it again Saturday in Vegas, as Mighty Mouse will attempt to break Anderson Silva's all-time title defense record. That will help set the table for the main event, where the UFC will crown an interim lightweight champion in a highly-anticipated matchup between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. Also on the card is a showdown of top heavyweight contenders, where finishing artist Derrick Lewis looks to get back on track against UFC stalwart and jiu-jitsu special Fabricio Werdum. See what the RotoWire staff anticipates happening in an action-packed evening of fights.

If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's UFC 216 preview.

Note: Werdum vs. Lewis (opponent change) and Dariush vs. Dunham (majority draw) will not count against any staff records this week.

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS JON EVAN JAKE
Tony Ferguson (-225) vs.
Kevin Lee (+190)
Interim Lightweight
Championship
Ferguson Ferguson Ferguson
(C) Demetrious Johnson (-1150) vs.
Ray Borg (+700)
Flyweight Championship Johnson Johnson Johnson
Fabricio Werdum (-250) vs.
Derrick Lewis (+205)
Heavyweight Werdum Werdum Werdum
Beneil Dariush (-230) vs.
Evan Dunham (+290)
Lightweight Dunham Dariush Dariush
Tom Duquesnoy (-165) vs.
Cody Stamann (+135)
Bantamtweight Duquesnoy Duquesnoy Duquesnoy
RECORD 2-1 2-1 2-1
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 51-36 48-39 54-33
PERCENTAGE .586 .552 .621

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS RICHARD CHRIS
Tony Ferguson (-225) vs.
Kevin Lee (+190)
Interim Lightweight
Championship
Ferguson Ferguson
(C) Demetrious Johnson (-1150) vs.
Ray Borg (+700)
Flyweight Championship Johnson Johnson
Fabricio Werdum (-250) vs.
Derrick Lewis (+205)
Heavyweight Lewis Werdum
Beneil Dariush (-230) vs.
Evan Dunham (+290)
Lightweight Dunham Dunham
Tom Duquesnoy (-165) vs.
Cody Stamann (+135)
Bantamtweight Duquesnoy Stamann
RECORD 2-1 3-0
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 36-22 15-12
PERCENTAGE .621 .556

All odds taken from BestFightOdds.com on the afternoon of October 5.

THE PLAYERS

Jon Litterine: RotoWire lead MMA beat writer and scribe for our weekly DrafKings preview. Lead analyst on the RotoWire MMA Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JonLitterine.
Evan Dahl: Pens our bi-weekly MMA Barometer column. Follow him on Twitter at @RealEvanDahl.
Jake Letarski: MMA and NCAA Hoops Senior Editor. Sirius XM contributor. Host of the RotoWire MMA Podcast, RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast and RotoWire DFS Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSki52.
Richard Mann: Richard is a stats-based analyst that has appeared on ESPN MMA via Fightmetric. He handles event recaps in our Fight Stat Wrap column, and maintains his own, data-driven MMA blog at StrikescoreMMA.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RichardAMann.
Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire for DFS Baseball, as well as MMA fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.

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